Volume 5, Number 2
Spring Time Activities
is a great time of year to try out new indoor and outdoor activities
with your children. The OASIS organization has a variety of projects
you can complete from science activities, reading activities, to
teaching children about money. Here is one example:
Make Your Own Windmill
Windmills have been used for many years as a source of inexpensive
energy. Windmills can take the energy of the wind and change it to
energy that moves in another direction, to grind wheat, for example,
or to turn turbines that produce electricity. With this activity you
and your grandchild can explore how the shape and angle of a
windmill's sails affect how easy it is for the sails to turn.
What You Need:
Template for sail (* on web site)
16 oz plastic cup
New pencil with eraser
What To Do:
out the sail template*. Trace it onto the card stock and cut it
the pen to make a hole in the bottom of the plastic cup. Put the
cup on the table upside down. Push the pencil through the hole
so that the eraser sticks up. About 15 cm of the pencil should
be sticking up from the cup.
modeling clay around the pencil (both inside and outside the
cup) to make the pencil steady.
Push the pin through the center of the sail and into the pencil
eraser. Move the sail around on the pin so that it spins easily.
Hold the windmill up and walk around rapidly. Watch what happens
to the sails.
Take about what you could do to the sails to make them spin more
easily. Experiment with how the sails spin when you change their
desired, use watercolor markers to make the sails colorful.
more fun activities, provided by the Oasis Organization log on to
their web site: